Tag: SouthAfrica

South Africa disappointed with the Section 232 duties implemented by the US on steel and aluminium products

South Africa disappointed with the Section 232 duties implemented by the US on steel and aluminium products

AFRICA, BUSINESS, INTERNATIONAL
PRETORIA, South AfricaOn 30 April 2018, President Trump signed Proclamations granting permanent country exemptions to a select number of countries and extended by one month the Section 232 steel and aluminum tariff duty exemptions for some. South Africa is disappointed that it was not granted an exemption from the duties. On 08 March, President Trump had signed a Proclamation imposing a 10 percent ad valorem tariff on imports of aluminum articles and a 25 percent ad valorem tariff on imports of steel articles that excluded select countries including Canada, Mexico, European Union, South Korea, Australia, Argentina and Brazil. The Proclamation followed reports from the Secretary of Commerce that imports of these products threaten to impair United States of America (US) national...
Merck Foundation connects Africa to Asia to build the Cancer and Fertility Care capacity in the two continents

Merck Foundation connects Africa to Asia to build the Cancer and Fertility Care capacity in the two continents

AFRICA, ASIA, HEALTH
MUMBAI, IndiaMerck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, commits to building Cancer care capacity in Africa and Asia through its partnership with India. This initiative is a part of Merck Foundations ‘Merck Cancer Access Program’ that has been initiated by the Merck Foundation to increase the limited number of oncologists across Africa. The Foundation signed an MOU with the Tata Memorial center , a premier cancer center in India, to provide fellowship program to Africa candidates. "We are delighted to formalize today our collaboration with the Tata Memorial center under the umbrella of newly launched Merck Foundation. We have started our collaboration in 2016, during these two years, we have provided more than 30 African doctors with one-year oncology fel
Science and Technology committee completes briefings with Department and entities

Science and Technology committee completes briefings with Department and entities

AFRICA, TECHNOLOGY
CAPE TOWN, South AfricaSouth Africa's Academy of Science Portfolio Committee on Science and Technology has completed its round of briefings with the Department of Science and Technology and its entities. The Committee received presentations on the 2018/19 annual performance plans (APPS) and budgets from the Department of Science and Technology, the Academy of Science of South Africa, the Human Sciences Research Council, the National Research Foundation, the National Advisory Council on Innovation, the Technology Innovation Agency, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and the South African National Space Agency. One of the mandates of the committee is to approve the APPs and monitor the performance of the department and its entities on a quarterly basis. The commi...
Skills Development is critical – Minister Davies

Skills Development is critical – Minister Davies

AFRICA, BUSINESS
PRETORIA, South Africa South Africa's Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies has urged the government to focus on skills development because its critical to the economy and is non negotiable. He said this will at the launch of Lesedi Skills Development Academy in Atlantis, Western Cape, that was established to address the need for skilled artisans and to close the skills gap in the nuclear and broader energy sector as well as associated industries. Minister Davies said it was increasingly evident that as a requirement to get any industrial job one needed to have skills. He said at all levels of employment one now requires to be skilled. Government is aware that skills development in the past was limited to the minority and the majority of the people had less access,...
South Africa film and television industry continues to attract foreign direct investment

South Africa film and television industry continues to attract foreign direct investment

AFRICA, BUSINESS, INTERNATIONAL
PRETORIA, South AfricaThe South African Film and Television Industry continues to attract Foreign Direct Investment from Hollywood’s major studios and creating employment for the services sector despite the economic challenges that South Africa experiences. This was said by the Acting Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry, Mr Adrian Williams during a site visit to the Cape Film Studios in Cape Town. Speaking at the end of the tour, Williams said the portfolio committee not only wanted to oversee the work done by the Department of Trade and Industry (the DTI) in the film and television industry, but also wanted to see returns on investment through employment created and transformation achieved as a result of the incentive that the companies receive from t
South Africa strongly objects to the travel advisory issued by Australia

South Africa strongly objects to the travel advisory issued by Australia

AFRICA, BUSINESS, INTERNATIONAL
PRETORIA, South AfricaThe South African government takes strong exception to the Travel Advisory issued by the government of the Commonwealth of Australia, which contains misleading information about South Africa in general and, in particular, about the experiences of foreign tourists visiting South Africa. Minister Lindiwe Sisulu will raise the concerns of the South African Government relating to the advisory with her Australian counterpart, Minister Julie Bishop. South Africa remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, and tourists in most instances have pleasant experiences of our country The travel advisory has the potential not only to deter Australians from visiting South Africa, but also to tarnish our country's image. Officials from the Dep...
National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) set to expand reach by opening new offices

National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) set to expand reach by opening new offices

AFRICA
CAPE TOWN, South Africa The Portfolio Committee on Public Service and Administration/Monitoring and Evaluation welcomes plans by the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) to open new offices and thus reach more of South Africa’s youth. The NYDA has announced that in collaboration with some district municipalities, it will be opening a number of new offices in the 2018/2019 financial year. While discussions are ongoing, the NYDA envisages one office in every district municipality. Since its inception, the committee has highlighted problems with the small number of NYDA offices and their location, as most were in urban areas far from the majority of unemployed youth. The expansion of offices will ensure that unemployed youth have direct access to the agency’s office